Sunday, April 28th, 2013
Little League Games (Part 6)
Players Without Patience
Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
Revelation 14:12 (NKJV)
But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
Luke 8:15 (NKJV)
Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3:5 (NKJV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ are destined for stardom. To achieve stardom, the 'practice of righteousness' (see 1 John 3:7) is necessary daily exercise. Because without exercise, muscle is lost. Without muscle, power is lost. Without power, starting positions are lost--both for the King of kings and the kings of entertainment.
In these realms, success is built on patience: a 'tolerant and even-tempered perseverance' (Collins English Dictionary). Christians serve the 'God of patience' (Romans 15:5).
His top players must wait patiently to receive promotion. 'Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles' (Isaiah 40:31).
The prophet Jeremiah said, 'The Lord is good to those who wait for Him' (Lamentations 3:25).
King Jesus said, 'By your patience, possess your souls' (Luke 21:19).
Benjamin Franklin said, 'He that can have patience can have what he will.'
An unknown author said, 'Good things come to those who wait.'
The rewards for patience and the penalties for impatience apply in the realms of God and man. When you try to rush a person, a situation or an outcome, you disagree with God and agree with Satan: leader of the instant gratification movement. When you leave God's timing, you leave God's plan.
You're like rising bread rushed to the oven too soon. You fall flat.
Therefore, when you wait, say 'Great!' 'Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing' (James 1:4)--including your destined success in entertainment.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Little League Games series.